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Game 6 pregame news and notes

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Game 6 pregame news and notes

News and notes as the Capitals prepare to take on the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals 7:30 p.m.):

Beagle update: Capitals third-line center Jay Beagle was literally carted to the entrance of the Capitals dressing room at about 5 p.m. tonight.

Capitals coach Dale Hunter said Beagle, who sat out Wednesday's morning skate after blocking a shot by defenseman Anton Stralman, will play tonight. Look for him to center a line with Matt Hendricks and Marcus Johansson, allowing Troy Brouwer to play on a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich.

Reunion?: If the Caps fall behind tonight don't be surprised if Hunter reunites Ovechkin with old buddies Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Semin.

Tonight's officials: Dan O'Halloran and Wes McCauley are the to referees tonight. Pierre Racicot and Scott Driscoll are the two linesmen.

Forcing a seventh game: Since the 2007-08 season, the Capitals have gone 3-0 in Game 6 situations when trailing a series 3-2. The last time the Capitals trailed a series 3-2 entering Game 6 was during the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers. Washington earned a 5-3 win in New York in Game 6 before coming home to Verizon Center to defeat the Rangers 2-1 in Game 7.

Resilient: Since the 2010 playoffs, the Capitals have gone 7-3 in games following overtime contests. In those 10 games, the Capitals own a 4-1 record following overtime defeats. Washington has gone 3-0 following overtime losses during these playoffs.

Climbing the charts: Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin are the only three Capitals who have suited up for all 49 of the teams playoff contests over the last five springs. The trio, all expected to appear in their 50th career playoff games tonight, ranks tied for 12th all-time in playoff games played in Capitals history. Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom have each played in 48 games in the past five seasons. All five players rank in the top-20 in playoff scoring in Capitals history.

Ovi watch: Alex Ovechkin has collected 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 49 career playoff games, surpassing Peter Bondra for third place in Capitals playoff history. Ovechkins 29 postseason goals have surpassed head coach Dale Hunter for second all-time in Caps history, trailing only Peter Bondra (30).

Back-to-back: Goaltender Braden Holtby has gone 28 straight starts in the NHL including 12 in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs without suffering back-to-back setbacks. Holtby has gone 5-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage in games following a loss during these playoffs.

All-time tenders: Braden Holtby has appeared in 12 playoff games in his career, all coming this season. He ranks tied for fifth place in Capitals history in playoff games by a goaltender. Holtbys six wins rank fifth in Caps history while his 371 saves also rank fifth. Holtbys 12 games played and six wins are both the second-highest totals in each category for a rookie goaltender in a single campaign in Caps history.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Week 3 was awfully wacky, wasn't it?

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Week 3 was awfully wacky, wasn't it?

After Week 2, it looked like the NFL was being divided into three tiers: The bottom feeders, the inconsistent squads and the leaders.

After Week 3, though, those tiers have largely fallen apart.

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Blowouts came out of nowhere. Favorites lost to underdogs. And Joe Flacco looked good! (OK, only the first two happened).

After a classically wacky week in the league, how have the power rankings shifted? Click the above or below link to find out.

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Three things that aren't being talked about enough from Redskins-Raiders

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Three things that aren't being talked about enough from Redskins-Raiders

Is that what it feels like to watch the Patriots on a weekly basis?

The Redskins 27-10 victory over the Raiders on Sunday night was about as impressive of a performance as the Burgundy and Gold has produced in recent memory.

That means many of the huge storylines — like the return of Really Good Kirk Cousins, a secondary that locked down Oakland's weapons and Chris Thompson casually posting a Julio Jones-like receiving stat line — that have, and will continue to be, hashed over. But there are a few topics that are being overlooked following the Week 3 Washington win.

Here are three Redskins-Raiders things that should be talked about a little more.

1) The Redskins didn't make many mistakes, but when they did, they recovered really nicely

The 'Skins were in control of that ballgame pretty much from the start. But there were some points, like Jamison Crowder's muffed punt or Samaje Perine's fumble, where the team gave Oakland some life.

Yet Jay Gruden's team deserves more shine for the way they bounced back from those errors. The defense forced a three-and-out after Dustin Hopkins missed a 52-yarder. They also held the Raiders to three deep in their own territory when Perine put the ball on the ground. And the offense, behind Thompson's 74-yard catch-and-run, put three points on the board right after the Silver and Black scored their only TD.

Those few moments caused those at FedEx Field to hold their breath. But the Redskins' resiliency was key in maintaining their breathing room.

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2) It was another incomplete effort from Dustin Hopkins

Speaking of Hopkins, Sunday night was a good but not perfect performance.

The Redskins' kicker missed the aforementioned attempt from 52 yards away, making Week 3 the second straight time out he's missed one from 50 and beyond. He converted all three of his extra points and was true on two other field goals so it wasn't all bad, but there'll be moments in 2017 when he'll be relied upon to hit from long range, and thus far, he's come up empty.

That miss is the type of thing that gets passed over in victories. Those are pointed to very quickly in losses, however.

3) You know the D-Line was a force, but let's not forget who they did it against, either

Jim Tomsula's unit made Derek Carr look more like his brother. Once you consider who they pushed around, though, their domination becomes even more notable.

The Raiders offensive line is regarded as one of the league's elite groups, but they looked pedestrian in D.C. The four sacks they allowed were the most they've given up in their last 20 regular season and playoff games. Greg Manusky's front seven will enjoy watching the film from this one.

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